IMO alerted by Intercargo on safety issues
The Bulk Carrier Casualty Report shows a gradual improvement over the years in terms of numbers of lives and ships lost
Intercargo’s latest Bulk Carrier Casualty Report has been submitted to International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the consideration of the Member States, Non-Governmental Organisations and other interested parties. Between 2008 and 2017 there have been 53 total losses of bulk carriers of 10,000 dwt and above with the reported loss of 202 seafarers.
The analysis of casualty records, which provides an analysis of bulk carrier total losses between 2008 to 2017, from 1994 to the present day indicates a gradual improvement over the years in terms of numbers of lives and ships lost.
The bulk carrier industry recognises the many contributing factors to this safety improvement, which include the introduction of adequate safety requirements by the IMO flag States, the role of IACS, PSC regimes and the best practices and large investments by the bulk carrier industry.
“There is no room for complacency and further work needs to be done in order to continue the trends with the ultimate goal of no lives or ships lost” states Intercargo.
The Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2017 again highlights that cargo failure, including moisture related cargo failure mechanisms, is one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk over the past 10 years and is likely the cause of the loss of 101 seafarers’ lives and 9 vessel losses.
The shipping industry welcomed the issuance of the IMO circular CCC.1/Circ.4 on “Carriage of Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer (non-hazardous)” on 22 Sept 2017; however bulk carrier owners and masters are expecting prompt and clear mandatory safety requirements to avoid recurrence of such incidents.